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Case stuck in rifle removal

Might come in handy sometime.

The next time a case head separation leaves the forward end of a cartridge in the chamber of your rifle, try this simple removal tip. Use a brass or steel wire bore brush small enough to fit into the back of the broken shell, but large enough so that the bristles expand when you try to withdraw the brush. In many cases, a .45 cal. brush works well. Put the brush on your cleaning rod, remove the bolt of the rifle, and push the brush into the chamber. Pull back and the shell should come out. If the rifle is a semi-auto, try using just the brush, and grasp the end of it at a right angle with a small pair of locking jaw pliers.

And if it does happen, it will not be at home,near a gunsmith etc.

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Good tip. Never have encountered the problem though.

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Good tip, but if this is a common problem, it may be time to reduce your loads just a tad!!
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Only happened to me once ,about twenty years ago, trying to reuse some cases too many times. Stupid, because I had more cases that were nver reloaded than Icould count. Only reload them once now and tossed.

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If the cases are separating. It could be that the sizing die needs to be adjusted.
A case can be used many times over. When not overloaded and/or the die is set properly.

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I have been trying to think of when that happened to me; it hasn't! I think your talking about head seperation and that usually gives itself away with a bright ring around the head. Don't reload the case. I saw that happen years ago in a friend's 22 Hornet, H&R Topper. We thought it had a chamber cut to long. If it's happening very often, your probally setting the shoulder back to far. Mostly I've seen the bright ring in belted cases where the case headspaces on the belt. Re-adjust the sizer die so that it just bumps the shoulder when resizing. That seperation is caused by the case streaching away from the head when it's fired.

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Don Fischer wrote:

That seperation is caused by the case streaching away from the head when it's fired.

That just might have been. It was a 270 load and there's a good chance I was using the shorter 30.06 cases. So long ago not sure, but I pulled the head right off it..

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A once fired case. Neck sized and used in the same chamber. A common practice with competition shooters. Can be used many times over.

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